Our inaugural event at St. Hilda’s College was a huge success and the first of many more, after meetings with St Hilda’s and the wonderful Sarah Watkinson who has made this all possible for us.
On Saturday 7 June, 18 students gathered to find out the secrets of prose poetry from expert tutor Carrie Etter, who is a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University. Although the day was cloudy, the Lady Eleanor Brodie Room, at St. Hilda’s, was radiant with creative energies as Poets House, Oxford students – many of whom are published poets – brought their minds and imaginations to bear on the challenges of such questions as i) What is a prose poem? and ii) Can I write one?
Rejoining the group after tea and coffee at 4.00pm (provided by St. Hilda’s conference facilities) I was astounded by the calibre of work that had been produced during the day. In the light of this it was particularly satisfying that The Poet’s House had organized a reading at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore at 6.00pm where many of the poems written during the day were read to an appreciative audience – after Carrie Etter’s own stunningly powerful performance of poems from her moving new collection Imagined Sons, published by Seren in March 2014.